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PUSSY WILLOW
Salix discolor

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Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Needs ample water. Branches with catkins are cut in winter for flower arrangements.

Native to Eastern United States.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Salicaceae

Tree Characteristics

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 15 - 25 feet.

Width: 12 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 36 or More Inches per Year.

Longevity Less than 50 years.

Leaves Obovate, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Gray. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Brown, Yellow or Mostly Green Capsule, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Summer.

Bark Green, Light Green or Red Brown, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Wet to Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Moderate on Coast.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Beetle Borers, Caterpillars and Spider Mites, Anthracnose, Willow Blight, Armillaria, Leaf Blight, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Rust and Sooty Mold.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Weak.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Special Uses & Values

Riparian or Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Salix discolor Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jun 24, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/salix-discolor >

This tree is not part of the SelecTree Nursery Connection. If you would like to see this tree listed, or know of a nursery that sells it, please contact us at ufei@calpoly.edu.